Worker recalls helping stop gunman in Midtown shooting

August 27, 2012 3:49:08 AM PDT
Police say the gunman who left his Upper East Side apartment Friday morning and killed a man near the Empire State Building, had no intention of ever returning.

Jeffrey Johnson left his keys behind in an envelope, telling his co-op's owner, "I'm not going to be back after Friday anyway."

Instead of wedding plans, the relatives of Steve Ercolino are arranging a funeral in their Orange County town of Warwick.

A wake for Steven Ercolino will be held at Ballard-Durand Funeral Home in White Plains on Monday and Tuesday. Visiting hours are 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

A Mass is scheduled for Wednesday at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in White Plains.

Ercolino had fought with his killer over the failure of Johnson's t-shirt line.

Meantime, we are hearing from the hero construction worker who helped cops catch the gunman.

Eyewitness News spoke to the construction worker at his family's home in Westchester and Monday morning it will be back to work.

"I consider myself at being in the right place at the right time," said Brian Dillon.

Dillon helped police stop a man who gunned down a former co-worker outside the Empire State Building last week.

"We saw the guy pumping more and more bullets in the gentleman's head," he adds.

Dillon who was working at a construction site on west 33rd street watched as Jeffery Johnson fired those shots at point blank range killing Steven Ercolino.

"He just calmly turned around and walked down the street, and I was like this guy's got to get stopped," adds Dillion.

Dillon followed Johnson to Fifth Avenue where Dillon called out to police.

"I screamed at them to stop the guy in the grey suit. First they thought I was crazy, and then I screamed he just killed someone on 33rd street and they walked towards him with their hands on their weapons," adds Dillon.

He says that's when Johnson held his gun up in the air and police fired. "That's when I took cover," he said.

Police shot and killed the gunman. Nine people were injured but most have been released from the hospital.


Johnson was laid off last year by Hazan Imports where he was a designer of women's accessories. He had been employed for six years. He was fired during downsizing.


The surviving victims include:

35-year-old man from Jamaica, Queens

33-year-old woman from 38th Street, she lives near the shooting

56-year-old woman from the Upper West Side

21-year-old man from the Bronx

35-year-old woman from Chapel Hill, NC

43-year-old woman from Brooklyn

30-year-old woman from the Bronx

35-year-old man from the Bronx

23-year-old man from the Bronx

Some information from the Associated Press


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